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    Penn State Tops Northwestern, 9-1

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Tony Vercelli posted his second consecutive two-hit game for the Wildcats.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Tony Vercelli posted his second consecutive two-hit game for the Wildcats.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Feb. 21, 2009

    Box Score

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Penn State scored four times in the top of the sixth inning to break open a close game as Northwestern fell to the Nittany Lions 9-1 Saturday afternoon as part of the Big East/Big Ten Challenge.

    Kenneth Avila and Tony Vercelli paced the Wildcats (1-1) with two hits apiece.

    NU starting pitcher David Jensen was only able to last just over two-plus innings. Penn State got one run in the top of the second inning before the Nittany Lions were able to put the first three runners on base in the top of the third. That marked the end of Jensen's day as Michael Jahns came on in relief.

    Rick Marlin greeted Jahns with a two-run single to make it 3-0, but the NU freshman was able to prevent any further damage in the frame.

    Northwestern's deficit remained three until the sixth when the Nittany Lions were able stretch out their lead with four runs off Matt Gailey. Cory Wine had the big blow of the inning, notching a two-out, two-run triple. He would later scored on a wild pitch.

    The Wildcats tallied their lone run in the bottom of the sixth. Tommy Finn recorded a one-out triple before Jake Goebbert, who posted a Northwestern single-season record 22 doubles a year ago, notched an RBI two-bagger.

    Penn State would finish off the game's scoring with two runs in the top of the eighth.

    Jensen took the loss for NU, surrendering three runs, two hits and four walks to go along with two strikeouts in two innings of work. Scott Kelly went 5.2 innings for PSU to earn the win.

    Northwestern returns to action at 10 a.m. Central time Sunday as it takes on Connecticut.